Jasmine Powell scored 23 points and added six rebounds and eight assists when the Gophers escaped San Antonio, Texas, 81-52, Sunday afternoon at the Williams arena.
Alexi Smith added a record 14 points for the Gophers (6-3), who kept UTSA on 28.8% of field shots and led 41-18 in the interval. Top scorer Sarah Scalia scored four points and 0 out of 3 out of three points, but Powell scored 4 out of 7 from beyond the arc, while Gadiva Hubbard had 3 out of 6 and nine points.
LaPricja Johnson has 15 points for the UTSA team (1-4) and added 9 rebounds to the game.
GOFERS 23, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 10
Seven gophers won their matches when Minnesota turned South Dakota over to its 1,000th team wrestling victory.
Minnesota won its first win of the season and became only the fifth Division I program to hit the 1,000-wins mark, joining the states of Oklahoma, Iowa, Oregon and Iowa.
Patrick McKee (125 lbs), Jake Gliva (133), Brighton Lee (157) and Isaiah Salazar (184) all made big decisions, and in the heavyweight division, Gable Steveson took a 22-7 technical fall over A.J. Nevills of Jackrabbits “.
Michael Foy (197) and Michael Blockhus (149) also earned victories for the Gophers (1-1). South Dakota won the first two games of the tournament, Tanner Cook at 165 and Cade DeVos at 174, but the Jackrabbits lost the next five games and were down 1-1.